Originally Posted by LeapingLannyPoffo
I'll assume that you meant rapidly progressing Japanese society. They're not all dying at the age of 30, are they!?
They're right, actually. Japan is facing a serious problem of an aging
society/population. It's one of their major national concerns. I lived there for over four and a half-years, and got my degree there in Asian Studies. That people still use the word "j*ps" on this board is reflective of the way a lot of Americans regard them: dismissively.
To the OP, I think Americans still
don't know how to deal with Asians, which is as stupid as it is unfortunate. Even in the realm of movies they're still mostly relegated to martial arts films or used as humorous stereotypes. That they still make "Japanese" characters speak English with a Chinese
accent should tell you something. I think American media tends to ignore Asians for the most part, or keep them in a comfortable place, the quiet, nerdy, kung-fu/karate kicking minority. I truly think Vince puts minorities there to be there, not because he actually cares about them. He's the Abe Lincoln of promoters, doing something to be seen as good while not really caring. Even taking the effort to get the Japanese audience out of the equation, there's still no truly viable reason why they couldn't make Japanese champions.
And the thing about Japan, for example, is that despite the fact that nearly 99% of the country is the same race/ethnicity, foreigners (especially Caucasians) are super-prevalent in their advertising, as the image of foreigners, particularly blond-haired, blue-eyed ones, is very popular. Point being that the foreignness of WWE wrestlers is not a detriment in Japan; it can actually be a plus. So while I don't think it will make much difference to WWE's popularity in Asia to have Asian champions, it's a shame that they don't just because.